Centre approves 25 housing projects for Karnataka's urban poor

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New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) Around 35,000 houses will be constructed for the poor in Karnataka under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) and the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has approved 25 project under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP).

The total project cost approved is Rs 240.27 crore for constructing 13,053 dwelling units.

Whereas Rs 145.76 crore is the Central share, Rs 94.51 crore is the states' share.

The first installment of 50 per cent of the Central share approved amounting to Rs.72.88 crore has been released.

Under the BSUP scheme, seven projects--five in Bangalore and two in Mysore--have been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 510 crore. This money will be spent on constructing 21846 houses. The Central share approved comes to Rs 272.97 crore and the states' Rs 237 crore.

The first installment of 25 per cent of the Central share amounting to Rs.68.24 crore has also been released.

The Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme was launched by the Prime Minister in December 2005 for urban slum dwellers.

The existing Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana (VAMBAY) and the discontinued National Slum Development Programme (NSDP) are subsumed in the IHSDP for holistic slum development.

The programme covers all the towns except the 63 mission towns/cities covered under the Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) The Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme was launched by the Prime Minister in December 2005 for the urban slum dwellers who are residing in dilapidated conditions in the identified 63 mission cities.

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